By Hon. Chukwuma Onyeze
There has never been a time in past or recent history that evil has ever triumphed over good.
The point remains that evil walks alone hence it races very fast. On the other hand, good is an admirer of the people. Thus, he treads softly because it not only wants to acknowledge cheers, it equally feels the heartbeat of the people. In a way, good appreciates the masses who in turn cheer it up.
Taken together, you must have observed that the APC convulsed revalidation and registration of membership which is taking place nationwide, particularly in Abia State, is nothing but a mirror of delusion.
You may ask, what is the essence of the excersice?
We were told the project was aimed at ensuring that APC had numerical superiority above the PDP, its major opposition. That is to say, if you come to Abia State for example, there will be more APC members than PDP. This is an apparently infantile dream.
To start with, APC at the centre has failed Nigeria and wronged Ndigbo. And Abia State, with all its imposing and structural embodiments as a true Igbo state – remember Aba, Enyimba, M. I. Okpara, Ironsi, Ojukwu Bunker in Umuahia symbolizing the Igbo spirit of ingenuity and positive resistance – will surely muster all the necessary courage to resist the APC’s odious challenge.
It must be pointed out in the 16 years of PDP between 1999 and 2015, the South East, including Abia State, was fully factored into consideration. In that regard, a police zonal command which was nowhere in the South East was was created and its headquarters is in Unuahia, Abia State.
During the PDP years, an Igbo, for the first time in 45 years was made an Army chief. He was General Azubuike Ihejirika, an illustrious son of Abia State, from Isuikwuato LGA and he attracted a military facility to Ovim community.
Besides Abia, the South East, for the first time in history produced a police IG in the person of Onovo from Enugu State. At the same time, through Senator Anyim Pius from Ebonyi State, the PDP made an Igbo the secretary to the federal government of Nigeria. Even the Alvan Ikoku College of Education in Owerri Imo State was elevated to a federal status. These are just few of the good deeds of PDP to Ndigbo. And this is why the South East will remain under the umbrella party.
Now, juxtapose it with the cruel manifestation of APC in the last six years in the South East. Look at this: there has been no service chiefs of South East extraction in the last six years. There are 14 security chiefs in Nigeria and none is from the South East. As you read this, the Igbo is not the president, not the vice president, not the senate president, not the deputy, not the speaker and not the deputy speaker. The Igbo is not even the national chairman of APC. APC as a party does not have any good mind for the South East and there is nothing it can do now to change this misconception.
Therefore, using the ongoing validation excersice to pretend as if APC is at home in the South East is a grand deceit. Indeed, nothing good can come out from APC to Abia State or Igbo nation.
In Abia State, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has transformed the state and now, Abia is a construction site with many projects ongoing at the same time. Why would you change the party that is doing good and replace it with the blood – thirsty Fulani – Herdsmen led jihadist movement whose only aim is to conquer and rule over all tribes in Nigeria.
It is therefore laughable, shameless, deceitful and an insult to democracy to ask Abians to register in a political party that values cow more than human lives and a party that is emotionally attached to killer herdsmen.
Ndi Abia, reject APC and BUHARI.
Hon. Chukwuma Onyeze is the Secretary, Defenders of Democracy, Abia ( DDA) and wrote from Umuahia.